Archaeologica - History
Archaeologica began as no more than a single topic on a bulletin board in 1998,"Archaeological News". The bulletin board was part of the now defunct role-playing community "Ancient Sites". The news topic quickly developed a widespread readership outside of the Ancient Sites community and is favored on many educational as a 'go to' source for archaeology news.
On April 23rd, 2000 Archaeologica was independently opened on world wide web. Michelle Hilling, a long-time "hunter gatherer of news stories" officially teamed up with Claire Warren as her partner at Archaeologica. The two women each devoted much of their time gathering news stories of archaeological and historical interest from around the world and bringing them together for the News Page at Archaeologica. Claire has since moved on and the site is run entirely by Michelle.
Since it's independent release in 2000, Archaeologica has become a widely read and respected news resource on the internet.
In 2001, Archaeologica teamed up with Rick Pettigrew and Archaeology Legacy Institute to begin producing the "Audio News by Archaeologia", which has gained a large and loyal following.
Michelle Hilling - Biography
Michelle Hilling works as a Business Troubleshooter and Financial Advisor/Consultant. She somehow manages to spend several hours a day hunting news stories in addition to her work and studying Philosophy, Law and the Classics.
Michelle has lived all over the Western United States and Canada, but now makes her home in a small, beachside town in Southern California and Arizona. When Michelle was married she spent her honeymoon exploring ancient ruins with her husband, whom she affectionately calls "The Bear"
Michelle spends about two hours each morning researching news stories for Archaeologica. "I do it first thing in the morning when I have my coffee, like others would read their local paper. The difference is I read the local paper after the archaeology news!
Michelle says her mother had a big influence on her. "My mother always had a love for the ancient Greek and Roman Empires. She would tell me stories from the mythologies from those civilizations. At a very early age, it was instilled in me to always look and research. Ancient civilizations and archaeology are constantly evolving. Yes, we know a large portion of what transpired by theory and conjecture, but what if there is a find out there that could answer most of our questions, if not everything?"